December 04, 2012
by Federal Times

A draft bill to overhaul federal information technology management and spending is apparently drawing bipartisan support — but it is also drawing some complaints from contracting groups.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., circulated the draft bill, called the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, in September for feedback. The bill would encourage greater use of open source software, empower chief information officers to oversee how IT dollars are spent, consolidate IT acquisitions under newly created centers of excellence, promote more robust training of IT acquisition staff, and call for more rigorous reporting on federal data center consolidation.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. supports many provisions in the draft bill. At a Washington event Monday, Connolly appeared with Issa and said he looks forward to working with him on the bill.

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